Via the Rochester Beacon

NextCorps’ third accelerator program—NextCorps Embark—is on its way to assembling its inaugural cohort. Applications are being accepted through Aug. 20.

The accelerator aims to help non-technical founders jumpstart their businesses and bring economic growth to the region.

The six- to 12-month program offers these entrepreneurs the resources needed to discover a startup idea that can address a real-world problem, validate its market potential, and build a software solution using new “no code” tools, officials say. Residents of the Rochester-Finger Lakes region are encouraged to apply.

“Many people have the dream of launching their own startup but don’t necessarily know how to begin. NextCorps Embark will provide them with the tools and support they need to move forward on their entrepreneurial journey,” says Matt Foley, managing director of startup incubation at NextCorps. “This program supports both entrepreneurs and our local economy through the launch of viable software companies that solve identified customer problems.”

While applicants don’t need coding or technical know-how, they should be interested in launching a software startup. Three years of experience in an industry and an understanding of market trends and needs are necessary. Additionally, applicants should be able to commit at least five hours a week toward program requirements. Workshops’ times are aligned with full-time workers’ schedules.

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